Mary Magdalene: A Heart Filled with Holy Amazement Before The Lord

The dispositions of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and intercession are the four pillars of Eucharistic prayer that Saint Peter-Julian Eymard deemed necessary for one who wishes to adore and serve the Lord perfectly. Saint Mary Magdalene, whose July 22 liturgical Memorial was elevated to a Feast by Pope Francis in 2016, is celebrated as a ‘true model of adoration’ always at the feet of Jesus adoring Him.

Mary Magdalene is at His feet in the Pharisee’s house, “and weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment”. Luke 7:36-50

She is at His feet at the house of her brother Lazarus in Bethany as she “took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment”. John 12:1-8

She is at His feet when Jesus is hanging on the cross John 19:25, and again at His feet in John 20:1-18, “But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rab-bo′ni!” (which means Teacher).”

“All of the attitudes which we admire in Mary Magdalene blend together to paint the picture of a perfect adorer of the same Lord who remains with us until the end of time in the Eucharistic mystery. The Holy Mass is the highest act of adoration in the life of the Church, but we can prolong this grace through Eucharistic Adoration,” said Father Sean Davidson, a member of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist and author of the book, Saint Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love.

“Pope Saint John Paul II”, he continued, “who was deeply devoted to the Eucharistic Lord, asked us to fill the Church with “Eucharistic Amazement” in his final encyclical. To study the heart of Magdalene in the Gospels is to study a heart filled with holy amazement before the Lord.”

It would be a good read for this great feast:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/special_features/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_20030417_ecclesia_eucharistia_en.html

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